My name is Rachel, I'm 24, I'm single, and I live in Spokane, WA (on the other side of the state from Seattle). I have a B.A. in English and I'm sometimes a nerd about it - I'm a bookworm, a grammar snob, and probably most important for our purposes here, I love to write. Someday I dream of making a living as a writer, but for now I work for a small technology company creating natural language-based software.
I've been online journalling since the late 1990s, when I was barely a teenager, but I never considered creating a health & fitness blog until I actively started trying to lose weight, in 2008. Now I find it an important and very helpful venture in my journey.
I'll be the first to admit that my struggles with weight have very little to do with food! While I recognize that I have a long way to go with portion control and am probably a sugar addict, I admit that I often enjoy healthy, nutritious food and have good instincts about it - thanks, in part, to a healthy mom who raised me eating whole grains, lean meats, and lots of veggies. Luckily, I love to cook and learning to make my favorite things is a pleasure. Overall, I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that my tendency to overeat or make bad food choices is much more emotional than physical.
I'm also not athletic by any stretch of the imagination, and it's certainly been difficult to create habits like going to the gym and adding in extra activity to my daily routine (taking the stairs, parking far away, etc). I don't know that anyone will ever think of "physically active" as one of my predominant traits. But step by step (sometimes literally), I am making my way toward the vague goal of "being in shape," and really liking the results I'm seeing. I've found that while I'm not naturally fast, I do have endurance. And while I'm not naturally lean, I do have dense muscles and I'm strong.
To cut to the chase, in college I gained about 50 pounds (which I describe more here ), and this blog is about trying to lose weight by way of transforming my lifestyle into a healthier one, mentally and physically.
My tools (besides blogs, of course!) - SparkPeople . I use it to count calories, get ideas for recipes and workouts, and occasionally I'm active in the SparkTeams there. I think it's one of the best nutrition and fitness resources you can find where everything is all in one location and reasonably easy to navigate. - My gym and my trainer (who I call simply B. in here). I try to hit the gym anywhere from 3-6 times a week, doing a combination of cardio, strength training, and classes. For the latter I like yoga, kickboxing, and spinning. As far as cardio and strength, I jog and do the elliptical on my own, but personal training has really been my saving grace throughout this whole thing. It's an investment - I pay $50 a session - but having someone by your side, cheering you on and motivating you... well, I think it's priceless. - Huckleberry's and anywhere else I can scrounge up decent healthy groceries in my little city. While I most often shop at the generic grocery store two blocks from my apartment, I try to balance it with a good amount of organic and local foods. It's not easy around here, but I try. - Ziploc baggies and Gladware. Portion control! I also use a Fit and Fresh salad container all the time to bring my everything-but-the-kitchen-sink salads with me to work. Super convenient and worth the price! - A cheapo Homedics scale. I weigh myself every day as I'm trying to lose, but once I hit maintenance status I plan on cutting back to once a week. - Nike exercise pants and Brooks running shoes.
I intend to keep this page updated, but if I don't, please remind me!